The band committee is very excited to announce that we have been awarded charitable status in recognition of the part it plays in supporting community activities in South Congleton and North Staffordshire. This is the culmination of months of work by the committee ensuring that all requirements of gaining charitable status would be met. In our 180th Anniversary year, this opens an exciting new chapter for the band during which we aim to increase our fundraising activities in our drive to promote education in, and appreciation of brass band music amongst people of all ages. Our registered charity number is 1171502.
The band have made a collection of Christmas carols available for download on BandCamp.com
Funds raised will contribute to the running of the band and supporting our younger learners in Beartown Brass.
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The band travelled to Wychavon Festival of Brass on Saturday 29th October 2016 to compete in the 4th Section of the annual entertainments contest. The event was held at the De Montfort School in Evesham and the contest was adjudicated by Sarah Groarke-Booth. The musical programme was based around the band colours of blue, black and gold and went as follows:
- Brooklyn - Youngblood Brass Band - Arr. Dave Collins
- Don't it make my brown eye's blue - Richard Leigh - Arr. Darrol Barry
- March Goldcrest - James Anderson
- Sunrise over Blue Ridge - Dan Price
- Paint it, Black - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - Arr. Leigh Baker
The band are proud to announce that they achieved 2nd place in the contest, receiving The Lumsden Cup and £200 prize money. MD Nigel Butler is now looking to build on this great result as we move into the regional contest season in the new year.
As well as performing in France, America, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland as a soloist Mark is also heavily involved in Youth education. Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the 'National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain' and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain' since 2000. Mark has also appeared as a cornet tutor with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Wales' 'National Youth Band of Switzerland' as well as a guest soloist with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Denmark.'As well as being a founder member of the 'Northern Ireland Armagh Summer School' Mark is in demand on various summer schools in this country and abroad.
In 2010 Mark was appointed as 'Visiting Cornet Tutor' at the Royal Northern College of Music, Cornet Tutor at the 'University of Salford' and Cornet/Trumpet Tutor at 'Manchester Metropolitan University.'
Mark is in demand in this country and abroad as a cornet soloist, teacher, conductor and clinician. Mark is also in demand as an adjudicator and has adjudicated at a number of leading contests including various Area Contests, National Finals, Swiss and Belgium Nationals, Grand Shield, Pontins and the All England International Masters and is also as a fully credited member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.
In 2013 Mark released a Solo cd entitled 'Milestone' which received critical acclaim and designed and produced a range of cornet mouthpieces produced by 'Pickett Brass.'
After a great dress rehearsal last night the band and cast from Congleton Players are all set for five performances of Brassed Off. Tickets have sold really well and if you want to see the show there may be a few left at Congleton Tourist Information Centre or available on the night at the Daneside Theatre box office. We've had loads of fun rehearsing and promoting the play with the cast and below are a few photos of our journey......
Rode Hall Band will hold an open rehearsal ahead of competing at the North West Regional Championships. All are welcome to come along for a listen while we rehearse our test piece for the contest, "The Journal of Philleas Fogg" by Peter Graham.
When: 25th February at 7:30pm
Where: Cygnet Club, Swan Bank, Congleton, CW12 1AH
£2 entrance fee
Rode Hall Silver Band are excited to be supporting the Congleton Players Amateur Theatre Club this year in their production of Brassed Off by Paul Allen. The show will be performed at the Daneside Theatre in Congleton from 19th to 23rd April 2016.
More details about the show and ticket information can be found at the Congleton Players website.
djudicate the top flight bands, with Sandy Smith overseeing the First Section and Kevin Wadsworth the Second. John Doyle will be in the Charter Theatre to make the all important decisions in both the Third and Fourth Sections.